"Nine requisites for contented living:
Health enough to make work a pleasure.
Wealth enough to support your needs.
Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them.
Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.
Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.
Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor.
Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.
Faith enough to make real the things of God.
Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future."
-Johann von Goethe
From "Banned Black Currant Is Back!" by Martha Nicole Moss. Published by Spirituality & Health Magazine:
In 1911, the federal government banned the commercial production of the black currant because it carried a disease (white pine blister rust) that threatened the nation's white pine timber industry. So it's big news that Greg Quinn, a farmer in Dutchess County, New York, convinced state senators to change the law so that New York farmers could cultivate rust-resistant varieties of the fruit. In April 2005, Quinn's company, auCurrant Enterprises, juiced the first black currant crop in nearly a century, and in May 2005 he officially launched CurrantC, a black currant nectar loaded with antioxidants.
Through research, Quinn discovered that black currants have twice the antioxidants of blueberries, four times the Vitamin C of oranges, and as much potassium as bananas. This unique combination of vitamins, minerals, and soluble fibers helps prevent degenerative ailments like cardiovascular diseases, lung disease, and cancer; delays common age-related eye problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration; and decreases the risk of stroke, osteoporosis, and kidney stones. In other words, black currant is likely good for whatever ails you.
Quinn's products are in grocery stores in five states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Virginia). You can order and learn more about products at currants.com.